How to watch
Start time: 9:00 PM EDT / 6:00 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Jets region: TSN3
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Live
Well, Josh Anderson called it.
After Sunday’s practice, the winger gave us a “guarantee” that the Montreal Canadiens would “have wings and be ready to play.” The team had no choice but to show up or look like schmucks. Not a man to not back up his own words, it was a diving poke from Anderson to Jonathan Drouin, who slid the puck along to Jesperi Kotkaniemi to get the game going and open the scoring.
To keep the momentum flowing, it was Anderson who notched the next goal in the second period, before Tyler Toffoli finished it off with a pair.
When Josh Anderson guarantees something, he guarantees it.
A total team effort backed by another stellar performance by Carey Price, who hit yet another milestone during the victory of 700 career games played, made for a winning recipe on Monday night.
Along with Connor Hellebuyck, who pushed aside 27 shots to keep his team in the game, it was Kyle Connor who was able to get on the scoreboard by getting the puck past Price — twice. Once through a screen and the other on the power play.
Tonight’s rematch against the Jets is the Canadiens’ second game in a busy four-game week before heading back home for back-to-back weekend games against the Vancouver Canucks.
Tale of the Tape
|54.8% (2nd)||Corsi-for pct.||47.9% (25th)|
|3.21 (10th)||Goals per game||3.32 (8th)|
|2.61 (9th)||Goals against per game||2.89 (15th)|
|22.1% (13th)||PP%||26.5% (7th)|
|76.2% (21st)||PK%||76.8% (19th)|
For Monday’s matchup, Dominique Ducharme broke out the high-speed blender and poured the outcome into four different glasses just to mix it up even more. He completely rearranged his defensive pairs, even splitting up Jeff Petry and Joel Edmundson, and gave a gentle stir to his forwards. However, it was Artturi Lehkonen who came out on the losing end of the mixer, once again sitting on the sidelines to watch the game.
After two unfortunate and boring losses to the Calgary Flames last week, Monday’s victory proves that the Canadiens need to trust the system of their new interim coach and that everyone needs to pull their weight. When they don’t, there’s confusion (I’m looking at you, Tatar) and it’s all downhill from there.
Winnipeg on the other hand can depend on their star players, and there are a nice few of them, to pick up some wins. This is why they're sitting side-by-side with the Edmonton Oilers in second place in the North Division, just four points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs with two games in hand.
Montreal is just three points back of the Jets, holding onto the fourth spot in the North Division. Grabbing another two points will help hoist them up in the standings and a little further out of the Flames’ reach.
The Jets will be looking for redemption tonight and the Habs will have to show up in full force again, because Winnipeg hasn’t faced consecutive regulation losses yet this season, being 7-0-1 following a loss. And if it gets pushed to overtime or a shootout... well, there’s always a chance, I suppose.
Hey Josh, can you give us another one of your fabulous guarantees?